James is the founder and managing director of BH Group, he has over 15 years experience developing a wide range of commercial projects and has worked with a number of the major funds throughout the UK. Prior to BH Group, James worked for Business Homes working up the ranks to become managing director, where he took the company from a small business in the North to a nationwide leading developer of small commercial space. Between 2000 and 2010 he developed 43 (350 buildings) projects totalling 1.3m sq ft.
James is a highly experienced marketeer who has worked across a wide array of industries: from technology, to retail, financial services, hospitality and wellbeing. He learnt the ropes as brand manager at Unilever and went on to co-found a global marketing strategy consultancy, Clear, which sold to M&C Saatchi just five years later. James now leads Triptease’s HQ in London, where he leads the company from strength to strength.
James is the Hotels & Hospitality Director at BDRC Continental. In addition to managing custom research consultancy assignments, his team oversees the renowned BDRC Hotel Guest Survey and VenueVerdict applications, providing leading edge brand health and customer experience benchmarking services to some of the world’s foremost hospitality companies.
James Hacon is a brand, growth and development strategist for restaurant and hospitality brands. His experience stretches working with more than 50 companies in 9 countries from Michelin starred restaurants to five star hotel properties and multi-national restaurant groups. He is currently Group Brand Strategy Director at Thai Leisure Group and continues to work with a select group of brands and investors to advise on growth strategy.
Jan Hazelton is a seasoned hotel investment and development executive with broad experience across multiple markets, with the past 14 years spent based in London. Her experience includes all aspects of hotel investment including banking/lending, asset management, finance, development, feasibility and investment analysis. Currently she is Managing Director at Three Points Advisory, a boutique advisory firm that focuses on hotel development and investments.
Jessica has recently joined The Doyle Collection as Talent Manager after 3 years with Firmdale Hotels. Before moving into a recruitment role, she spent 10 years working operationally in hotels across the USA, Australia and the UK. The role of Talent Manager gives Jessica the opportunity to combine her interest in hospitality with her passion for promoting the industry as a great place to work.
Jill is an award-winning Director with a strong bias for growth and commercial success. She has had a varied career, including experience in the not-for-profit and private sectors, gaining her professional qualification as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young.
Joe joined CBRE in 2014 and was initially responsible for the Hotels’ research function pan-EMEA. More recently, he has transitioned into CBRE’s Hotel Investment Advisory team as an Associate Director; applying his knowledge and skills at a bespoke, project level. Since taking up this position, Joe has advised institutional investors, private equity and financiers.
John Brennan is Chief Executive Officer of Amaris Hospitality, a leading hotel investment and hospitality management group, which owns and operates over 70 hotel properties trading under leading brands such as Jurys Inn, Mercure, MGallery, Ibis Styles, Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton and Hilton Garden Inn. With over 13,500 rooms, 5,000 employees and three business divisions with combined sales over £400 million, Amaris Hospitality is one of the largest hotel owners and managers in the UK and Ireland.
Twenty years’ experience in the hotel and real estate sectors. For eleven years he supported the expansion of Marriott International’s fifteen brands, for hundreds of projects, across the EMEA region in the role of Vice President Development Planning. Personally, he was the lead for a two-year project which brought about the tailor-made extended-stay Residence Inn by Marriott (RIBM) concept to Europe in 2008. He was instrumental in the subsequent roll-out of the RIBM portfolio across Europe and the Middle East, including the now open five projects.
Jonathan is a renowned industry commentator who specialises in market demand, financial feasibility studies, strategic planning, and product development. He advises on a wide range of projects from the development of individual budget hotels to multi-component urban and leisure resorts as well as market entry and development strategies. Jonathan has held roles at COO, CBRE Hotels and Managing Director of and the major shareholder in TRI Hospitality Consulting, a position he held from 1996 up to the time that the firm was acquired by CBRE Hotels. Jonathan is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality and of the Tourism Society, a member of the Editorial Board of Hospitality Magazine as well as a Patron of The Edge Hotel School. A graduate of the University of Surrey at which he has held posts of Industrial Fellow and Visiting Fellow, he returns to lecture undergraduates and postgraduates. He is also a frequent commentator on the industry in the press and broadcast media and a regular speaker, moderator and panelist at conferences.
Joni has worked with a wide range of businesses in her 20 years’ experience, with roles in firms including KPMG and CB Richard Ellis, the property advisory company. Joni started her own business in 2007 after completing her MBA and has provided management advice and support to businesses and investors. Her experience has particularly involved strategic and operational management, business valuation and financial analysis primarily in the hotel sector.
As a digital entrepreneur with skills wrought in ‘the early days’ of ecommerce, Julie has latterly applied her knowledge in the interaction of humans, systems and data to creating value across a wide range of PE backed consumer facing businesses, each with the same simple goal in mind, how can the machine make it better for the human in a world when too often the tail is wagging the dog. With a side step away from the heart of Private Equity back out into the wild she has taken the helm at a fast growing hotel business very intent on doing things differently and using IT systems to achieve just that that.
On the crossroad between people and technology. Disrupting the way humans use technology, making the world a more habitable place. Responsible for driving the adoption of the applied artificial intelligence solutions for business applications among enterprise accounts in the region.